|Physical and Occupational Therapy|
Our licensed Physical and Occupational Therapists are trained and certified to treat every kind of patient – from pediatric to geriatric – with a commitment to return them to full activity. With treatment facilities located in each of Kennedy’s three hospitals, and convenient evening and weekend hours, the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation strives to accommodate patients’ work and school schedules.
Whether it’s relief from pain or working to maintain a healthy lifestyle, we can help patients with everything from sports injuries to chronic conditions get where they want to be. Kennedy’s skilled team of therapists works closely with patients – and their referring physicians – to develop an individualized treatment plan that promotes healing and recovery in a supportive, caring environment.
What is Physical Therapy?
Physical Therapy (PT) involves the evaluation and treatment of physical disabilities resulting from injuries or various medical conditions. Designed to improve physical strength, range of motion, daily living activities and functional ability, treatment begins with a comprehensive evaluation, so our therapists can develop a personalized treatment for each patient. Throughout their recovery, each Kennedy PT patient will have a dedicated therapist to help patients reach their goals.
Outpatient Physical Therapy at Kennedy
We offer treatments for the following conditions:
Treatments may include a variety of exercises and activities customized to patient’s individual needs, including therapeutic procedures, such as:
Kennedy also offers Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT) – an individualized, exercise-based program for reducing symptoms of dizziness and poor balance – at its three Physical Therapy Departments.
Why Occupational Therapy?
The goal of Occupational Therapy, or OT, is to improve or restore function so that a patient can participate in activities of daily living to the fullest extent possible. Occupational Therapists help patients learn new skills or adapt to a permanent loss so they can perform day-to-day tasks that are part of routine living – whether at work, home, school or within the community. OT is “therapy for daily living,” and focuses on using purposeful activities to restore, maximize and maintain function. The need for OT is often tied in to a traumatic injury or repetitive motion disorder, an orthopedic or neurological condition, or a recurring injury or illness.
Outpatient Occupational Therapy is used to treat the following conditions:
Our Treatment Team
Kennedy’s Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Department offers the services of specially trained Occupational Therapists – including one with specialized training in Hand Therapy – who provide comprehensive care aimed at restoring and maximizing independence, preventing disability and maintaining health. OT strives to improve coordination, balance, cognitive skills, strength, and range of motion. Adaptations for disability are also addressed through compensation training and adaptive equipment. Kennedy Outpatient Occupational Therapy services focus on five performance areas to enable patients to participate in the meaningful activities of daily life: motor, sensory, cognitive, psychosocial, and social functioning.
Setting Goals and Reaching Them
Each OT patient at Kennedy undergoes a thorough evaluation and interview to assess their level of function and to establish a personalized treatment plan that addresses their specific goals and needs. Each patient's treatment plan is closely supervised and re-evaluated every 30 days to ensure that the most effective modalities are utilized.
Outpatient Occupational Therapy treatments offered at Kennedy include: